21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.  22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them.  Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,I will have no regard for them.  23 Away with the noise of your songs!   I will not listen to the music of your harps.  24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

This passage from the 5th chapter of Amos makes it crystal clear that God isn’t playing around when it comes to Making Justice Personal.

Does it sound to you like He is in any way unclear or unsure of what He’s talking about?  Do His words sound like suggestions to mull over or a discussion that can be tabled for after lunch?

No!  Doing justice, for our God, has about as much subtlety as busting down the door of your house on a calm, quiet Sunday afternoon.  He is as deadly serious about it as Todd Beamer was on 9-11 when he and others made their fateful decision to overwhelm the four al-Qaeda hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 that had targeted the White House or the U.S. Capitol.

We should feel the decisive repercussion of Beamer’s famous last words delivered from his cell phone – “Let’s roll!” – when we hear God’s words:  “Let justice roll on like a river!”

As the 44 passengers who died in the field of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and their families were to discover, there is an awful price to be paid on the altar of justice.  But there is an even greater sacrifice exacted from those who refuse or even hesitate at the moment when it is time to roll on like a river.

Who knows how few or how many lives were saved by those 44 who said no to terrorism on 9-11?   To the Great Shepherd, the one sheep was important enough to risk the 99.  And who knows how many young lives will be saved or salvaged by what we propose to do on Sunday, Oct. 7th? – the date when we’ll be accepting over and above offerings for a transitional living home for orphans in Moldova, a school for a village with no school in Brazil, and a Life Skills Educator in Red Hill, South Africa?

The orphans of Moldova have reached a precipitous moment.  For many, the government closure of orphanages is taking away the last vestige of security in their lives.  If we waver in our resolve to Make Justice Personal now, I can guarantee you that a sickening percentage of girls will be swallowed up into prostitution and boys will be imprisoned for survival crimes.

Nor are there a lot of organizations devoted to the kids of Red Hill and the Amazon.  God has appointed us with their welfare.  If justice doesn’t roll through us, will it roll through another?

Will you join us in making a meaningful gift to the kids we love on Oct. 7th?  We have set a benchmark goal of $250 per giver.  Lesser amounts are equally significant for those who are struggling.  Conversely, $250 for some represents no sacrifice at all.  In reaching our goal of $450,000, the amount you consider giving is a matter between you and your Lord.

Regardless, I pray you will come into the river with us on Oct. 7th.  I pray you will come without hesitation.  Let’s Make Justice Personal together!  “Let’s roll” so that God’s justice will roll!

 

 

 

 

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